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  • UNHCR calls for stronger EU action on refugees

    12/5/2016

    In a paper presented to the European Union (EU) today, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, called for a far-reaching reform of Europe’s global engagement with refugees, including the European asylum system. UNHCR called on Europe to offer more strategic and targeted support to countries of origin, asylum and transit of refugees, to review its contingency preparations to respond to large refugee and migrant arrivals, and to put in place a more efficient and better managed asylum system.

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  • Rights Officials Concerned About Polish Freedom of Assembly

    12/5/2016

    WARSAW, Poland — European human rights officials voiced serious concerns Monday over proposed legislation in Poland that would limit the right to freedom of assembly.

    Proposed amendments to the law on assembly give priority to gatherings organized by public authorities, churches and religious organizations, to the detriment of other groups.

    The lower house of parliament, the Sejm, approved the legislation last week and this week the Senate will debate it.

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  • Sisi takes the ultimate step to avoid another Egyptian uprising

    12/5/2016

    Egypt has introduced a law that makes it easier for the Egyptian authorities to shut down non-governmental organisations that are viewed as being too outspoken or critical, activists say.

    The law, passed by the parliament last Tuesday, will let security agencies decide the fate of some 47,000 human rights organisations and charities – including that of those which were involved in the 2011 uprising against former President Hosni Mubarak.

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